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Man suffers detached retina during attack in Tameside.
Wednesday 11th February 2015 @ 16:50 by Anna Fletcher
Ashton News
Police

A teenager suffered a detached retina and may suffer long-term loss of sight after an unprovoked attack in Tameside.

The 18-year-old was attacked on Snipe Way in Ashton-under-Lyne at about 8.50pm on 29 December 2014.

Police are now appealing to anyone with information to come forward.

The victim and his girlfriend were stood in the road when a car pulled alongside with three men inside. One of the passengers leaned out the window and shouted something at the couple, who ignored it.

Moments longer, the three men abandoned the car at the McDonald’s drive-thru and approached the couple, leading to a verbal argument between the victim and the three offenders.

One of the gang got progressively more aggressive and the victim, fearing he would be attacked, swung out in defence. However, he missed and one of the gang then punched the 18-year-old in the face, knocking him out.

The trio then got into their car and drove off.

As a result the victim needed hospital treatment for injury to his eye that was later established as a detached retina.

Two of the offenders were described as white, aged between 19-20-yearsold old. The third man was said to be of mixed race, about 6ft 3in tall, of a stocky build and aged between 20 and 24-years-old. This was the man who threw the punch, and he was said to be wearing a black Puffa-style coat and tracksuit trousers.

Police Constable Martin Banks said: “This young man was set upon for absolutely no reason. He was subjected to a totally unprovoked attack by the offender who had no business whatsoever getting involved with the victim and his girlfriend.

“And as a result of just one punch, the victim has suffered life-changing injuries and may have permanent sight loss.

“This shows, yet again, how serious just one punch can be and has sadly left a young man with injuries from which he may never fully recover.

“That is why we need to arrest the offender and send the message that such wanton violence will not go unpunished.

“I would appeal to anyone with information about what happened to call us. I would also urge the other two men who did not throw any punches to search their conscience and do the right thing. Do not protect your ‘friend’, think about the young man who has suffered permanent scars and tell us what you know.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.